Area athletes collect winter sports honors

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Several Alamance County athletes were among major honorees from their respective conferences when those awards were announced.

• In the Central 3-A Conference, basketball awards included a Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player. For the girls, senior Briahna Scott of Williams was dubbed the Most Outstanding Player.

Briahna Scott

In wrestling, the league’s team sportsmanship award went to Eastern Alamance.

• In the Mid-Carolina Conference, Cummings dominated the honors for indoor track and field.
For the girls, the Runner of the Year was D’Anna Cotton and the Field Events Athlete of the Year was Taylor Jordan. The Coach of the Year was Donnie Davis.

D’Anna Cotton

On the boys’ side, the Runner of the Year was Jonathan Paylor and Field Events Athlete of the Year was Khavorie Hightower.

Jonathan Paylor

In wrestling, the team sportsmanship award went to Cummings.

• In the Tri-TAC Conference, Jackson McBride of Burlington Christian Academy was the Player of the Year for boys’ basketball. His coach, Eric Dudley, was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

State finals
Basketball teams familiar with several Alamance County schools competed in North Carolina High School Athletic Association championships Saturday, but most of them ended up as runners-up.

In Class 3-A boys, Central 3-A Conference champion Northwood lost by 65-51 to undefeated Central Cabarrus at Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh.

In Class 1-A boys, Eastern Randolph’s first appearance in a basketball state championship was marked with an 84-73 loss to Wilson Prep at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wildcats, who topped Eastern Alamance, Western Alamance and Williams (twice) in non-conference play, finished with a 29-3 record.

In Class 1-A girls, Chatham Charter, which is in the same conference as Clover Garden and River Mill (and lost to Eastern Alamance in the Tony Perrou Classic at Southern Alamance), fell by 73-43 to Bishop McGuinness at Reynolds Coliseum.

In Class 2-A girls, Seaforth of the Mid-Carolina Conference built an early 13-point lead but ended up on the wrong side of a 48-39 result against Salisbury at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

In Class 4-A girls, Panther Creek, which eliminated Southern Alamance in the second round, claimed its first title with a 75-65 victory against Lake Norman at the Smith Center.